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We bought this TV in October 2008 to replace our old, bulky TV that had frankly seen better days.
After looking round many shops and online we decided on this particular model, and we're so very glad we did. It is a beautiful TV. Our friends had already got new flatscreens ages before we did, and one of them had brought a rather new 37" Samsung and had paid alot more for it than we did for ours. But upon seeing this TV our friend had declared that had he'd known this TV was as good as it is he would have brought it instead!
This TV is perfect in just about every way. There are no unsightly speakers on the sides or running along the bottom. The speakers are positioned underneath! The picture quality is fantastic and anyone who sees our telly always comments on how bright and crisp the picture is. There are ample ports in the back of the telly. At one point we had a PS3, X-Box 360, Gamecube, PS2, Sky plus and a Blu-Ray player hooked up and it catered for all of them.
We are so happy with this telly we aren't considering replacing it at all. We have never had a problem with it in the 2 and a half years we've had it, and when we do finally get another it will be an LG.
When LG do TV's, they sure don't mess around especially with this fantastic one here. 32'' of glorious HD surrounded by a glossy black frame and a very discreetly placed power button and that's only the front! Looking at it from the back you have all your connections; 2x HDMI , 1x Component, 1x VGA (used mainly for PC's that doesn't have a high end graphics card), 1x Optical output (for your home cinema surround sound system) and 2x SCART (for your DVD or non-HD satellite/cable box).
Although this TV isn't Full HD (1080p) it sure makes you ask yourself ''Why would I pay extra for Full HD?'' as it accepts 1080p signals and the quality of picture you get is just breathtaking. You have multiple choices of what you want your brightness and colour settings to be set at; Game, Expert1, Expert2, Vivid, Standard, Cinema and Sport, with each one fully customisable to suit your desire.
With the speakers build behind the TV's frame, you would never know they were there until you switched it on, and how they don't dissapoint. There are a couple of settings designed to adapt into what your watching, for example: Watching a film, you would set the sound to 'Cinema', just like you could with the picture quality. The other preset settings are; Game, Sport, Standard and SRS TruSurround XT (which gives that virtual home cinema feeling)
On one side of the TV you have an additional HDMI connection, a composite (Red/White/Yellow) connection and a headphone connection. On the other side is your volume controls and channel buttons.
A lot of people ask me how I connect my PC to my TV, and although there is the option to use the VGA port (which is the more popular, especially with laptops), I bought a specific cable from ebuyer, only a couple of quid, which allowed me to connect my medium graphics card's DVI connection to the TV's HDMI input. This allows me to still get the benefits of watching HD movies without loss of quality as I would do with just a VGA connection.
All in all I really cant fault this TV and I would recommend it to anyone. Great picture quality, accepts 1080p signal, plenty of connections for all your HD and non-HD equipment.
I really hope this review was helpful.
I bought this TV about 9 months ago and have not had any problems with it. Initially I was worried that 32 inches was too small, but once I had put it in place in the living room it was obvious that it was of ample size. Installation was straightforward, with the quick set up guide in the instruction manual helping enormously.
LG have maintained their elegant styling on this TV, the product is pleasing on the eye even when not in use. The TV has guides to keep unsightly wires tidy and hidden, adding to the appeal overall good looks. The TV also has a curved LED light which changes from red when off to blue when on.
Although not supplied with the TV, a bracket is available to fit it to the wall. A word of caution though, if your walls are made of plasterboard don't take this option. I looked into this but was told that the walls would not be strong enough to support the weight of the TV.
This is my first HD TV, and I have to say that the difference in quality is very noticeable, although in order to benefit from this you will need a HD feed through Sky or Virgin. HD needs to be viewed through the correct channel on the TV, this is simple to find through the on screen menu.
I would recommend this TV to anyone who is looking to buy a reasonable sized TV for their living room.
ive had this tv for about a year now and had no problems with it. i got it on its own originally but since then have bought xbox 360 and they go very well together. the lg its self is very gd looking fair priced the screen picture is very good both from dvds and general tv programs. the tvs appearance is very modern and a very good addition to anyones home. the tv was quite expensive but enjoyment returned is well worth it. the sound quality is very gd i was going to buy some additional speakers for it but decided it wasnt necessary as the sound cudnt really be perfected upon. the tv has lots of AV sockets so it is possible to have a variaty or other kit set up with it at the same time such as consoles etc. so you dont have to keep messing about unplugging things you just select the AV channel you want and your away. i also bought a nice glass stand to go with mine which also creates a very modern look in home. below are a few feature details to help you compare it to other tvs so that you pick the right one for your self based on whats gd for value aswell.
Product Type 32" LCD TV
Digital Television Certification HD ready
TV Tuner 1x analogue/digital combo
Video Interface Component, composite, HDMI, S-Video, SCART
PC Interface VGA (HD-15)
Conditional Access Common Interface (CI) slot
HDCP Compatible Yes
Dimensions Without stand
Width 80.1 cm
Depth 7.9 cm
Height 54.4 cm
Weight 11.5 kg
Diagonal Size 32" - widescreen
Technology TFT active matrix
Resolution 1366 x 768
Display Format 720p
Image Aspect Ratio 16:9
Dynamic Contrast Ratio 15000:1
Brightness 500 cd/m2
Progressive Scan Progressive scanning (line doubling)
Viewing Angle 176 degrees
Viewing Angle (Vertical) 176 degrees
Pixel Response Time 8 ms
Colour Temperature Control Yes (Warm/Medium/Cool)
Picture Adjustment Vivid/Standard/Cinema/Game/Sport
Features Parental control, on-screen menu, 3:2 pull down compensation, 2:2 pull down
I've only had this TV for a few days now having picked it up at Tesco for £329.97. The price isn't too bad having searched around. If you can wait for it you can Quidco it and get 3% back so makes it nearly £10 cheaper.
The TV looks good and has no visible speakers at the front of rear, they're underneath but still fine. The surround is shiney black plastic and will hold dust like mad but when clean looks fab.
1366 x 768 Resolution (so it's HD ready not Full HD), 15,000:1 Contrast Ratio (more than enough and great compared to others I looked at just below this in price), 500cd/m2, 50Hz, Vesa mounting 200 x 200, 11.5kg.
Picture on Freeview
The picture is not the best from the Freeview with the TV. I'm still playing with the settings to refine them but out of the box the screen is far too bright and although the colours are clear and sharp, the clarity on faster moving images is not the best.
Reception is as good as a separate dedicated box and the EPG (programme guide) is very good, definately the best I've seen or used.
The sound quality from the hidden speakers is good and seem much better than the sound I had from my Panasonic TV previously. I haven't played with the settings at all as they seem fine, with plenty of volume if it's needed.
HDMI with PS3
One of the main reasons for the TV was as a gaming TV. At the price there were not many 32 inchers within my price bracket that are made by a decent manufacturer.
Switching between antennae and HDMI is easy and very logical. The image on HDMI is vastly superior to the Freeview image as you'd expect but all of the blurryness and haze go. The TV has a game mode, which darkens the screen further by lowering the backlight strength and changes all of the contrast etc settings. The out-of-the-box settings are ok but having fiddled I have a much better set-up for my PS3. Having played Resistence 2 and KillZone 2, the screen gives enough detail and range of colour to see everything.
The remote is very well layed out and I have found it easy to learn where the buttons are. There are not too many as you sometimes get, and the ones that are there are well layed out, a decent size and well spaced.
The handset also has a funky little detail that it has a leather print effect on the main body.
Rear of the TV
The TV has LOTS of connections, way more than I currently need. 3 x HDMI, PC Input, S-Video, 2 x Scart, Component and Headphone sockets.
I'm pleased so far with the TV and although I still need to fiddle with the settings a bit more and I need to try to improve the Freeview image, it does the main job it was intended for very well.
Thank you for reading the review.
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Stylish yet simple. Like all LG products, those in the LG3000 series are as aesthetically stylish as they are technologically advanced. Slim, sleek and sophisticated - the LG3000 series will add style and elegance to any room.